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The Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul [At the Vigil Mass]

Liturgical Music

Official texts

  • Entrance Antiphon [Introit]:
    1. Dicit Dominus Petro [Graduale Romanum, p.574]
    2. Dicit Dominus Petro [Gregorian Missal, p.636]
    3. Misit Dominus Angelum suum [Graduale simplex, p.282]
    4. The Lord said unto Peter [Simple English Propers, p.373 (Adam Bartlett)]
    5. These men, conquering all human frailty [Simple Choral Gradual, p.278 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    6. Peter the Apostle, and Paul the teacher [Lumen Christi Missal, p.964 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
    7. The Lord Declared [tune: Kingsfold] from Introit Hymns 79 (Christoph Tietze)
  • Gradual (Responsorial Psalm):
    1. In omnem terram [Graduale Romanum, p.427]
    2. In omnem terram [Gregorian Missal, p.637]
    3. In omnem terram (Giovanni Francesco Anerio, Giovanni Andrea Draconio, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina)
    4. Constitues eos principes [Graduale simplex, p.283]
    5. Constitues eos principes (Jean de Bonmarché, William Byrd, José Maurício Nunes Garcia)
    6. Chabanel Psalmody
    7. Parish Book of Psalms (Arlene Oost-Zinner)
  • Alleluia (Gospel Acclamation):
    1. Constitues eos principes [Graduale Romanum, p.429]
    2. Constitues eos principes [Gregorian Missal, p.638]
    3. Constitues eos principes (Jean de Bonmarché, William Byrd, José Maurício Nunes Garcia)
    4. In convertendo Dominus [Graduale simplex, p.284]
    5. In convertendo Dominus captivitatem Zion (Hans Leo Hassler)
  • Offertory:
    1. Mihi autem nimis honorati [Graduale Romanum, p.435]
    2. Mihi autem nimis honorati [Gregorian Missal, p.639]
    3. Mihi autem nimis honorati (Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Thomas Tallis)
    4. Constitues eos principes. [Graduale simplex, p.285]
    5. But in my eyes [Simple English Propers, p.374 (Adam Bartlett)]
    6. You will make them princes [Simple Choral Gradual, p.279 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    7. You will make them princes [Lumen Christi Missal, p.964 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
  • Communion:
    1. Simon Ioannis, diligis me [Graduale Romanum, p.574]
    2. Simon Ioannis, diligis me [Gregorian Missal, p.640]
    3. Simon Joannis, diligis me [Communio, p.250 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    4. Tu es Petrus [Graduale simplex, p.286]
    5. Tu es Petrus (William Byrd, Jacobus Clemens non Papa, Gabriel Fauré, Hans Leo Hassler, Cristóbal de Morales, Giovanni Pierluig da Palestrina, Lorenzo Perosi, Peter Philips. Tomás Luis de Victoria )
    6. Simon, son of John [Simple English Propers, p.376 (Adam Bartlett)]
    7. Simon, son of John [Choral Communio, p.205 (Richard Rice) Hostia Laudis Co]
    8. Peter said: You are the Christ [Simple Choral Gradual, p.280 (Richard Rice) CMAA]
    9. You are Peter, and upon this rock [Lumen Christi Missal, p.965 (Adam Bartlett) Illuminare Publications]
  • Mass settings:
    1. Latin Chant Masses VIII (De angelis) & XI (Orbis factor)
    2. Latin Gregorian Chant Masses XI (Orbis factor) & VIII (De angelis)
    3. Latin Missa sanctorum angelorum (Calvert Shenk)
    4. Latin Mass of Saint Jerome (Christopher Bord)
    5. Mass of Our Lady, Help of Christians (Richard Connolly)
    6. Mass of Saint Agnes (B. Andrew Mills)
    7. Mass of the Angels (Richard J. Clark)
    8. Mass of the Redemption (Calvert Shenk / Adam Taylor)
    9. Modal Mass (Calvert Shenk / Adam Taylor)

Other liturgical music


  • By All Your Saints Still Striving (WIII #706, HH #284, SMH #247)
  • Christ Is the King (WIII #500, CH #540, HH #286, CBW #546, EH #543)
  • Christian, Do You Hear the Lord? (WIII #594, CH #448, SMH #262)
  • Faith of Our Fathers (WIII #571, ICEL #186, HPSC #152, CH #634, PMB #149, CBW #603, AH #603, CHB #183, SMH #294, EH #393, VII #208)
  • Father, We Thank Thee, Who Hast Planted (WIII #558, HPSC #156, CH #374, PMB #121, CBW #676, AH #515, CHB #116, SMH #295, EH #195, VII #322)
  • Fight the Good Fight (ICEL #187, EH #560)
  • From All Thy Saints in Warfare (AH #592, VII #262)
  • Give Me the Wings of Faith (CHB #167)
  • God, We Praise You (WIII #535, SMH #317)
  • Holy God, We Praise Thy Name (WIII #524, ICEL #134, HPSC #180, CBW #631, PMB #127, AH #461, CH #568, CHB #222, SMH #345, EH #273, VII #217)
  • Jesus Shall Reign (ICEL #101, WIII #492, HH #253, PMB #107, CH #508, CHB #231, SMH #381, EH #542)
  • Let All on Earth Their Voices Raise (WIII #716, CHB #168)
  • Let All the World with Songs Rejoice (CH #338, ICEL #195, HH #299, SMH #395)
  • O Christ, the World's Salvation (Dennis DiPaolo)
  • O Light of Lights (HH #266) Change vs. 3 to "This day made regal by their blood Adorns eternal Rome. Their death makes strong our will to live before God's holy throne..."
  • O Taste and See (HPSC #265, PMB #193)
  • Tell His Praise in Song and Story (HPSC #310)
  • The Beauteous Light of God's Eternal Majesty (CHB #172)
  • The Church Triumphant in Thy Love (HPSC #314)
  • The Eternal Gifts of Christ the King (HPSC #317, ICEL #203, HH #300, CH #343, SMH #556, EH #132)
  • The Father's Holy Ones, the Blest (HH #293)
  • The Son of Man Has Come to Save from Hymns for the Liturgical Year (Kathleen Pluth)
  • Two Noble Saints (WIII #699)
  • Wouldst Thou A Patron See? (CHB #173)
  • Ye Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim (CD #911, CH #519, HPSC #357)
  • Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones (HPSC #359, WIII #707, AH #416, HH #275, PMB #71, CH #578, CHB #275, SMH #617, EH #599)
AH = The Adoremus Hymnal, Ignatius Press
CBW = Catholic Book of Worship II / Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
CD = Cantate Domino / Hymnal Supplement, GIA Publications, Inc.
CH = The Collegeville Hymnal, The Liturgical Press
CHB = The Catholic Hymn Book [London Oratory], Gracewing Publishers
EH = The Hymnal 1940 (Episcopal), used by many Anglican Use Roman Catholic parishes
HH = Hymnal of the Hours, GIA Publications, Inc.
HPSC = Hymns, Psalms & Spiritual Canticles, out of print but excellent
ICEL = ICEL Resource Collection, GIA Publications, Inc.
PMB = People's Mass Book, World Library Publications, Inc.
SMH = The Saint Michael Hymnal – 3rd Edition 2003, Saint Boniface Church, Lafayette IN
VII = Vatican II Hymnal, Corpus Christi Watershed
WIII = Worship, 3rd Edition, GIA Publications, Inc.

Choral Music

  • Christus Paradox (Randall Sensmeier) [GIA Publications]
  • Christus vinvit (chant) [St. Gregory Hymnal]
  • Feed My Lambs (Natalie Sleeth) [Carl Fischer]
  • Fight the Good Fight (Austin Lovelace) [GIA Publications]
  • From All That Dwell (Colin Brumby)
  • Nunc scio vere (William Byrd)
  • Quodcunque ligaveris (William Byrd)
  • Sancti Dei omnes (J.M. Haydn/Proulx) [GIA Publications]
  • Simon, Son of John (Michael Starke)
  • Te Deum laudamus (Haydn, Mozart, Langlais)
  • Te Deum laudamus (Calvert Shenk)
  • The Heavens Are Telling from The Creation (F.J. Haydn)
  • The Heavens Declare (William Billings) [Concordia]
  • The Heavens Declare the Glory of God (Thomas Tomkins) [Concordia]
  • Their Sound Is Gone Out from Messiah (G.F. Handel)
  • Their Sound Is Gone Out (Arthur Wills) [Novello]
  • There Is A Balm in Gilead (Spiritual)
  • Tu es Petrus (William Byrd, Jacobus Clemens non Papa, Gabriel Fauré, Hans Leo Hassler, Cristóbal de Morales, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Lorenzo Perosi, Peter Philips. Tomás Luis de Victoria )

Organ Music

  • Cantilene from Symphonie romane (Charles-Marie Widor)
  • Chorale Fantasie on Lasst uns erfreuen (Flor Peeters) [Novello]
  • Chorale Toccata on Lasst uns erfreuen (R. Evan Copley) [H.W. Gray]
  • Chorale Prelude (Healey Willan)
  • Chorale Prelude on Duke Street (Robert J. Powell) [American Organ Music, Vol 2 - Sacred Music Press]
  • Duke Street (Mark Albrecht) [Organist's Companion, March 2002]
  • Faith of Our Fathers (Jack C. Goode) [Organist's Companion, October 1983]
  • Faith of Our Fathers (Burton Isaac)
  • Fantasia super Valet will ich der geben (J.S. Bach) [Orgelwerke VII - Peters 246]
  • Festive Processionals for Brass and Organ (Calvert Shenk)
  • Grosser Gott wir loben dich (Max Reger) [Thirty Chorale Preludes - Peters 3980]
  • Holy God, We Praise Thy Name (Heinrich Fleischer) [Parish Organist, Part 1 - Concordia]
  • Holy God, We Praise Thy Name (Wilbur Held) [Hymn Preludes for the Pentecost Season - Concordia 97-5517]
  • Holy God, We Praise Thy Name (Paul Manz) [Improvisations for Pentecost & Trinity Sunday - Morning Star Music Publ 10-500]
  • Jesus Shall Reign (Burton Isaac)
  • Lasst uns erfreuen (Lois Hill) [Organist's Companion, May 2001]
  • Messa apostolorum (Andrea Gabrieli)
  • Messa degli apostoli (Girolamo Cavazzoni)
  • Music for a Festive Occasion (Tim Knight)
  • Partita on Duke Street (Donald Rotermund) [Concordia]
  • Partita on Gelobt sei Gott (Theodore Ripper) [Organist's Companion, April 1987]
  • Postlude and Chorale on Grosser Gott (Michael Sullivan) [Organist's Companion, May 1991]
  • Postlude on Lasst uns erfreuen (Gordon Young) [Collage for Organ - Flammer HF-5011]
  • Prelude and Chorale on Duke Street (David Schack) [Organist's Companion, April 1980]
  • Prelude on Grosser Gott (Michael Sullivan)
  • Prelude on Lasst uns erfreuen (Russell Schulz-Widmar) [Organist's Companion, June 1980]
  • Prelude on Saint Catherine (James F. Konkel) [Organist's Companion, September 1992]
  • Prelude to Te Deum (Marc-Antoine Charpentier)
  • Psalm XIX (Benedetto Marcello)
  • Reflection on Saint Catherine (Alice Jordan) [Organist's Companion, October 1984]
  • Rendez à Dieu (Robert J. Powell) [Eleven Chorale Preludes on Hymn Tunes - Flammer]
  • Ricercare (Fabrizio Fontana)
  • Saint Catherine (David S. Harris) [Ten Hymn Preludes in Trio Style - Belwin-Mills]
  • Saint Theodulph (Robin Rokey) [Organist's Companion, March 2001]
  • Toccata II tono (Bernardo Pasquini)
  • Toccata on Duke Street (Gilbert Martin) [The Sacred Organ Folio - Lorenz Publ Co]
  • Toccata on Gelobet sei Gott (Alfred Fedak) [Organist's Companion, April 1986]
  • Toccata on Holy God, We Praise Thy Name (Kevin Norris) [H.W. Gray]
  • Tu es petra from Esquisses byzantines (Henri Mulet) [Durand]
  • Valet will ich dir geben (J.S. Bach) Orgelwerke VII [C.F. Peters #246]
  • Valet will ich dir geben (J.S. Bach) arr. from Christus der ist mein Leben Church Organist's Golden Treasury III [Oliver Ditson Co]
  • Valet will ich dir geben (G.F. Kaufmann) from Eighty Chorale Preludes [C.F. Peters #4448]
  • Valet will ich dir geben (Max Reger) from 30 Kleine Choralvorspiele [C.F. Peters #3980]
  • Variations on Duke Street (Randolph Currie) [Organist's Companion, March 1996]
  • Variations on Lasst uns erfreuen (Thomas Bohlert) [Organist's Companion, June 1988]
  • Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones (John Diercks) [Six Sacred Compositions for Organ - Abingdon APM-255]
  • Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones (Wilbur Held) [Hymn Preludes for the Autumn Festivals - Concordia 97-5360]
  • Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones (Charles Ore) [Eleven Compositions for Organ Bk 1 - Concordia 97-5019]
  • Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones (David Schack) [Nine Chorale Preludes - Concordia 97-5045]

Liturgical Hints & Ideas

This great solemnity recalls the Princes of the Apostles, Saint Peter and Saint Paul, both martyred in Rome about 30 years after Christ's death and resurrection. Peter died on a cross, upside down (at his request, for he did not feel worthy to die exactly like the Master). The spot is thought to have been the Circus (sports field) of Nero near the ancient Vatican hill outside early Rome. His body was reverently brought by the early Christians to the Vatican hill. Its resting place has been verified by archeological digs as precisely under the main altar of the first and also the present Saint Peter's Basilica.

Saint Paul, a Roman citizen, was not subjected to the cruelty of crucifixion. His martyrdom came by the sword. After he was beheaded, his body was carried south of the city, and he was buried on the site of the present Basilica of Saint Paul's-outside-the-Walls.

This solemnity's ties to Rome are obvious. The two great basilicas are commemorated musically in CNP's processionals: The Loyal Sheep, inspired by Saint Peter's at the Vatican; and May Christ Be Our Life, inspired by Saint Paul's-outside-the-Walls.

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